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On Track?

Advanced academics and the pipeline to Classical

Metro, May 01 2020

by Mara Cavallaro

An increasingly broad body of social science research demonstrates that educational tracking—the separation of students by evaluated academic ability—disproportionately disadvantages low-income …

Consider the Lobster (Again)

Climate change puts RI lobsters in hot water

Metro, May 01 2020

by Peder Schaefer

Peter Brodeur was only a few miles away from his home on the Narrow River in Narragansett, a seaside community in …

Lost in Translation

Providence public schools, multilingual pedagogy, and the coronavirus crisis

Metro, Apr 24 2020

by Leela Berman

ENTERING: The language of achievement and deficit Two comprehensive reports researching the conditions in the Providence Public School District (PPSD) came …

A Socially-Distanced 2020 Census

How Rhode Island is attempting to count every single one of its residents

Metro, Apr 24 2020

by Kion You

The United States Census Bureau has historically declared April 1 as a national "Census Day," a time to unite the nation …

Shelter from the Storm

Gov. Raimondo needs to open up hotels, dorms to people experiencing homelessness

Metro, Apr 09 2020

by Peder Schaefer

The front-page headline of the Providence Journal on April 4 proclaimed, in bold type: Raimondo: Stay home, or ‘more people will …

Civic Duty Calls

Contested Civic Education in Providence

Metro, Mar 27 2020

by Marina Hunt

Standing in front of a poster board she had prepared for the Providence Community Day at Asa Messer Elementary, Chloe Feit, …

School District Déja Vu

Two Education Reports, Two Decades Apart

Metro, Mar 13 2020

by Alicia Mies

This is the first installment in the Chalked Up Metro series The year was 1993. The Providence River was still covered …

Chalked Up

Introducing an Indy series on public education in RI

Metro, Mar 13 2020

by Deborah Marini, Ricardo Gomez & Miles Guggenheim

In 1993, the Public Education Fund—a nonprofit organization composed of Providence business leaders, educators, and citizens concerned about local schools—sponsored a …

Healing Through Theater

How a Trinity Rep actor helped Sheila Bentley tell her version of PVD history

Metro, Mar 07 2020

by Clara Gutman Argemí

For Rebecca Gibel, the actor who played Sheila Bentley in Trinity Repertory's fall 2019 production of The Prince of Providence, the …

Muddy Matiello

A look at the RI Speaker of the House’s Abuses of Power

Metro, Mar 07 2020

by Osayuwamen "Uwa" Ede-Osifo

Speaker of the House Nicolas Mattiello, arguably one of the most powerful figures in Rhode Island politics, has been shrouded in …

Detention, Incarceration, Deportation

The Wyatt Detention Center and the national prison-industrial complex

Metro, Mar 03 2020

by Leela Berman

PLACING THE WYATT IN CENTRAL FALLS The Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility is located across from a park. A wide expanse …

Sirens, Camera, Action

Policing entertainment in East Providence

Metro, Feb 15 2020

by Miles Guggenheim

The sun is officially down, but a morose blue still lingers in the sky behind Sergeant Michael Rapoza. He’s driving somewhere, …

Molehills Out of Mountains

A close look at Governor Raimondo's 2021 Budget Proposal

Metro, Feb 14 2020

by Deb Marini & Ricardo Gomez

Reading budgets is like eating broccoli stems: miserable! Gina Governor Raimondo’s annual budget proposal, released this past January, is a multivolume …

Taking 287g Agreements to Court

An interview with activist Sherrie Andre

Metro, Jan 04 2020

by Sara Van Horn

photograph by Steve Ahlquist content warning: police violence Late in the summer of 2018, activists from the FANG Collective, a nonviolent …

The Cold Shoulder

A flawed system is endangering RI’s homeless

Metro, Dec 06 2019

by Deborah Marini, Loughlin Neuert & Peder Schaefer

When Harry lost his home in October, he went to one of Rhode Island’s largest emergency shelters: Crossroads Rhode Island. He …

Archiving Activism

Creating a collective memory of radicalism in Providence

Metro, Nov 22 2019

by Kion You

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 26, a group of educators, students, activists, and community members gathered in a basement room …

What Brown Could Pay

Brown’s property tax exemption and the crisis of public school funding

Metro, Nov 22 2019

by Hal Triedman & Sara Van Horn

“How is it that a city—a small city—can continue to have public schools that fail repeatedly?” In an interview with the …

Making Ends Meet

Food Insecurity in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 15 2019

by Kshitij Sachan, John Graves & Nell Salzman

Rows of shelves, stretching from the floor to the high ceiling, hold hundreds of pallets of everything from canned beans to …

A Jury of One's Peers

How low jury pay limits court justice in Rhode Island

Metro, Nov 15 2019

by Olivia George

This was not the first time Senator Elizabeth Crowley had served on a jury, and, for the most part, she felt …

Great Streets, Mobile City

Envisioning an equitable transportation system for the creative capital

Metro, Nov 01 2019

by Avi Shapiro & Ilan Upfal

Zooming down College Hill last weekend on our bikes, a friend and I criss-crossed our way downtown, barely avoiding cars and …

Dispatches From Pronk

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Ricardo Gomez, Bilal Memon, Chris Packs, Eve O'Shea, Mayo Saji & Miranda Van-Boswell

Last Monday, hundreds of Providence residents—artists, activists, students, misfits, puppets—danced the night away to the upbeat cacophony of Providence’s own What …

Clean Energy, Muddy Waters

Offshore windmills pose changes and challenges for fishermen

Metro, Oct 25 2019

by Peder Schaefer

From a distance, the Block Island Wind Farm looks innocent. The blades spin in lazy circles, and at night, red lights …

Right & Wrong & Right on Red

A look at Frank Caprio’s courtroom reality show: Caught in Providence

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Nick Roblee-Strauss

Judge Frank Caprio has a knack for extracting narratives for his courtroom reality show, Caught in Providence, where Providence’s traffic violations …

The Bully Buster

Monica Huertas: Democrat for Ward 10

Metro, Oct 11 2019

by Deborah Marini

She stood amid overturned toy castles and idle trucks and talked canvassing routes, missed calls from constituents, and the newest batch …

Plants and the City

A new vegan restaurant’s place on College Hill

Metro, Oct 04 2019

by Muskaan Garg

Approach the new pedestrian bridge on the Providence River on a weekend night and you might quickly be distracted by crowds, …

Rhode Island is Where the Wild Things Are

Coyote culture in New England sparks fear of infestation

Metro, Oct 04 2019

by Roxanne Barnes

Before announcing its plans to close all its US locations, Shiru Café severely limited its free options. This fact has nothing …

Treading Water

Can the ProJo stay afloat in the Ocean State?

Metro, Sep 27 2019

by Ricardo Gomez & Peder Schaefer

Before ad revenue dried up, and before the financial crisis, and Facebook, and the smartphone, and Craigslist, the Providence Journal was …

Catering Contract Concerns

An open letter on catering workers’ contract negotiations

Metro, Sep 21 2019

by Noa Machover & Nora Lawrence

Since September 2018, Brown University catering service employees have been negotiating their contract with the University in an attempt to unionize. …

From Decrim To Recrim

Ten years of recriminalized indoor sex work in Rhode Island

Metro, Sep 21 2019

by Victoria Caruso

Every Wednesday night, Bella Robinson parks her tangerine Nissan Rogue inside the faded lines of the lot by the McDonalds and …

Providence Bites

Metro, Sep 13 2019

by Ella Comberg & Miles Guggenheim

Providence Can't JUMP by Ella Comberg I risk hyperbole when I say that the first time I rode a JUMP bike, …

We're Not Gonna Take It

Contesting the state takeover of the Providence Public School District

Metro, Sep 13 2019

by Alina Kulman & Sara Van Horn

In late June, the Providence Public School District was rocked by a devastating report that implicated everyone from teachers to governmental …

Mattiello and the Machine

Nicholas Mattiello and the centralization of the Rhode Island House

Metro, Apr 12 2019

by Brionne Frazier

Nicholas Mattiello has been touted as the most powerful man in Rhode Island. This power stems primarily from his position as …

Waving the Flag

Competition and community at the Providence Gay Flag Football League

Metro, Apr 12 2019

by Cate Turner

From a distance, the scene looks and sounds not unlike a standard fair-weather gym class. Players clad in mismatched jerseys dart …

A Friday For Our Future

An interview with the organizers of the Rhode Island Youth Climate Strike

Metro, Apr 04 2019

by Mara Dolan

At 11AM on Friday, March 15, hundreds of thousands of students around the world walked out of their classrooms. From London …

Sealing the Deal

Competing narratives of conservation in the Narragansett Bay

Metro, Apr 04 2019

by Hal Triedman

It was not ideal weather for seal watching. The wind coming off of Rome Point was strong and unflagging, pressing against …

Cleaning Up the Workplace

Fuerza Laboral pioneers the first worker cooperative in Rhode Island

Metro, Apr 04 2019

by Sara Van Horn

Last December, in a spacious, carpeted conference room inside Navigant Credit Union in Central Falls, nineteen graduates of the second annual …

There's Still Something in the Water

The Public Health Crisis of Providence's Lead Pipes

Metro, Mar 22 2019

by Peder Schaefer, Deborah Marini & Ricardo Gomez

The Providence Water headquarters in Lower South Providence is wedged between Mashapaug Pond—contaminated, still, from toxic waste emitted by the old …

A Tale of Three Cities

Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion in Seattle, New Orleans, and Pawtucket

Metro, Mar 22 2019

by Rachel Rood-Ojalvo

Jails and prisons have become the United States’ largest housing complex and healthcare system for people with mental health and substance …

Building a Bigger Table

A look at Cohen v. Brown and legal battles over Title IX, in athletics and beyond

Metro, Mar 15 2019

by Amelia Anthony

content warning: sexual assault Lifetime civil rights attorney Lynette Labinger is sharp and confident, sitting across from me in an ornately-decorated …